consumers, and the Association of Texas Midwives need to be laying the groundwork
with our legislators to protect our ability to practice in Texas and to assure
that women in Texas have the option of choosing homebirth and attendance by midwives
for the births of their babies. It is time that we act now, with thought and energy,
rather than waiting for a crisis in the next legislative session.
you want to take action to protect your right and responsibility to give birth
where and with whom you choose, here is what you can do:
Regarding education of your state legislators, Identify
who your state representative and state senator are:
can find this information at the Texas Legislature Online http://www.capitol.state.tx.us
(lots of useful information at this site!) ORcontact the League
of Women Voters(listed in the phone book)
Suggestions for writing effective letters and e-mails:
Make sure you use titles
where appropriate and spell names correctly, etc. Show respect for the person's
position, even if you do not respect them personally. Be polite.
Introduce yourself. Let them know your name and a little about yourself, especially
where it pertains to the subject. If you are a midwife or had medical training,
or if you have used a midwife, had a homebirth, or know someone who has had one,
Stick to the facts and issues. Be thorough but don't be long winded. When challenging
another person's position, avoid questioning their motives. What you have to say
is more likely to be heard if expressed as a matter of fact, rather than angrily.
your letter at least a couple of times. Have someone else also proof read it when
you can. Use a spell checker or dictionary.
Thank the person for their time! This is very important!
Send both e-mail and snail mail when you can. E-mail has not had as much impact
as snail mail in the past, but since September 11, 2001, e-mail is being used
and respected much more. Use both if you can.
sending a letter by snail mail, make sure your writing is easy. Use a letterhead
if you have one and address the letter properly. Use the proper amount of postage.